Train protection system exemptions

Applying for an exemption from the requirement to have a Train Protection System.

Regulation 3(1) Railway Safety Regulation 1999 prohibits the operation of a train on a railway with a line speed of over 25mph, unless a train protection system is in service in relation to that train on that railway.

Regulation 6 of the 1999 Regulations allows us to grant exemptions from any requirement imposed by the regulations and to attach conditions to any such exemptions.

All requests for exemption, and subsequent decisions, have been posted on our website. All correspondence related to decisions is available to the public on request.

Application for train protection exemptions

The certificates below are listed in date order based our decision date.

Network Rail (High Speed) Ltd
21 October 2016
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 292 Kb

GB Railfreight Limited
21 October 2016
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 267 Kb

GB Railfreight Limited
15 October 2014
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 49 Kb
Exemptions from train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the operation of Krupp class 6400 locomotives

Network Rail Ltd
11 November 2014
Exemption certificate  pdf icon PDF, 44 Kb
Exemption from the train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations for the operation of a class B12 steam locomotive between Sheringham and Cromer.
15 October 2014
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 49 Kb
10 September 2012
Exemption certificate and cover letter pdf icon PDF, 80 Kb
Exemptions from train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the operation of Krupp class 6400 locomotives.

Network Rail (High Speed) Ltd
24 April 2013
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 55 Kb

Train Operating Companies
24 April 2013
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 49 Kb

West Coast Railway Company Limited
11 November 2014
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 44 Kb
Exemption from the train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations for the operation of a class B12 steam locomotive between Sheringham and Cromer.
30 October 2012
WCRC certificates - Regulation 3 exemption pdf icon PDF, 76 Kb
Network Rail certificates - Regulation 3 exemption pdf icon PDF, 75 Kb

Europorte Channel
10 September 2012
Exemption certificate and cover letter pdf icon PDF, 71 Kb
Exemptions from train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the operation of Krupp class 6400 locomotives.

Tube Lines (Transplant) Ltd
22 August 2012
Exemption certificate and cover letter pdf icon PDF, 127 Kb
Exemptions from the train protection requirement contained in Regulation 3 (1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 in relation to the operation of asset inspection trains, engineering trains and test trains, to the extent that such operations are carried out on any LUL infrastructure in accordance with any of the relevant procedures.

Balfour Beatty Rail Plant Ltd
23 November 2010
Exemption certificate and cover letter pdf icon PDF, 90 Kb
Exemptions from the train protection requirement contained in Regulation 3 (1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for: (a) engineering trains operating in (i) possessions; (ii) specified areas, and (iii) engineers' current areas; and (b) any other engineering train, test train and asset inspection train operations to the extent that they are covered by operational safety plans which vary the relevant procedures.

TransPlant (Tube Lines Ltd)
28 April 2009
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 43 Kb
Covering letter pdf icon PDF, 35 Kb
Exemption under Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the operation of engineering trains, track maintenance machines, locomotives and track recording trains.

London Underground
28 April 2009
Exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 39 Kb
Covering letter pdf icon PDF, 35 Kb
Exemption under Regulation 3(1) of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the operation of engineering trains, track maintenance machines, locomotives and track recording trains.

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
8 June 2007
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd exemption under section 6 of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 for the removal of TPWS at certain permanent speed restrictions pdf icon PDF, 103 Kb
The Consultation Document and press notices about the consultation and granting of the exemption are in related links.

London Underground Ltd/GB Railfreight/TransPlant pdf icon PDF, 14 Kb
27 July 2006
LUL exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 36 Kb
GB Railfreight exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 34 Kb
TransPlant exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 38 Kb
Exemptions from train protection requirements contained in Regulation 3(1) of RSR 1999 for: (a) possessions; (b) specified areas; (c) engineers current areas; and (d) movement of an engineering train on the Victoria Line.

Network Rail - temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) pdf icon PDF, 289 Kb
24 December 2003
Network Rail's exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 51 Kb
TOCs exemption certificate pdf icon PDF, 44 Kb